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Alison Sweeney Not Slowing Down

By Beck/Smith “The Biggest Loser” is wrapping up shooting for its currently-airing season this week, and host Alison Sweeney admits “I’ve been counting the days” ’til it’s over. That’s because Alison, a master multi-tasker, has taken on a workload that’s nearly impossible. There’s “Biggest Loser,” her ongoing starring stint on “Days of Our Lives,” plus the “Hollywood Girls Night” TV Guide Channel show she’s executive producing along with her on-camera chores.

Planning her schedule has been like “a thousand-piece puzzle that only fits together one way. It’s all been happening at once,” she tells us. “I try to avoid this, but one time did I have to do all three shows in one day, with the Hollywood Moms coming for dinner. That was a long day.”

In case you weren’t aware, the Sunday night show, in which she partners with Ali Landry, was inspired by their real-life social circle of celebrity moms, who had fun getting together at each other’s homes and dishing on the industry, men, their kids, men, friends and men. “We want to keep it all positive, fun and light-hearted, just like it is when we talk to our girlfriends off-camera. It’s not often you’re in the middle of an outrageous conversation or a catfight. We behave as we would if we came to someone’s house for dinner,” she says.

Sure. Not surprisingly, though, the show’s teaser promos stress the spilling of secrets, and such attention-grabbing bits as this week’s guest Kendra Wilkinson talking about building a “sex room” in her home with hubby Hank Baskett. “Kendra is a highlight — the way she opens up about her married life, her background, what her life has been like as a Playmate, how she’s comfortable with her body,” Alison says. “She had great stuff. I kept asking her questions. I HAD to know more.” Robin Givens is also on this week’s show. Future shows include “Dancing With the Stars” host Brooke Burns and champion dancer Cheryl Burke.

Alison brushes off reports that she and Landry annoyed their real-life friends by going off on their own to sell the show last year. “Obviously, I just think there’s a lot of misinformation out there,” she says. “It’s a wonderful show, really positive, and most important for us, it’s celebrating our friendships.”

The busy actress-host-producer-director also has her husband and two small children at home. Finding family time “is definitely a big piece of the puzzle,” she says.

She credits nutrition and exercise tips she’s picked up through her years on “The Biggest Loser” for the fact she has the energy for all this. “These are tools you can use for your whole life, not just when you’re losing weight,” she points out. And…are you ready?…she’s also training for the L.A. Marathon March 18.

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